With a whopping $30M prize pool on the line, the Fortnite World Cup Finals were bound to attract interest, especially with 16 year-old Kyle “Bugha” Giersdorf finishing as the solo world champion.
But how popular was the tournament in the end? According to metrics website ESCharts.com, the Fortnite World Cup Finals peaked at 2.33M viewers across Twitch, YouTube, and Facebook during the final matches of the solos tournament. In the span of three days, 22.7M hours of content were consumed, and that number doesn’t include those who watched live at the venue or the different channel partners that IMG secured for the event.
Twitch viewership-wise, this was also the second highest peak in all of Fortnite’s history. TwitchTracker.com has recorded an average of 274.8K viewers with a peak of 1.288M. The only other day in Fortnite’s history that did better was the first ProAm tournament in June last year. When Twitch star Tyler “Ninja” Blevins and DJ Christopher “Marshmello” Comstock won the event, more than 1.5M people watched on Twitch alone.
These are impressive numbers for the Fortnite World Cup Finals, given the fact that the tournament itself had a very little build up when compared to its massive prize pool. With Epic Games having already announced plans to develop the esports circuit starting next season, the company has a shot at breaking this record if it plays their cards right.
The biggest winner of the weekend is, of course, Bugha, who is on a media tour across the United States, telling the story of how a 16-year-old became a millionaire overnight.